Hey there! This is my first post here, and I hope to be a worthy contributor to the community!
I have reached the capacity of my Dell XPS 8300 which I bought in Jan 2012. I had never built a custom PC from the ground up before, so I decided to go with the XPS as a good starting point to help me learn to customize (which I have). With custom RAM, GPU, and PSU, this thing is jam packed. As a web developer and an avid gamer, the XPS has served my needs perfectly thus far, however I have recently decided to build a server as a staging area for some of my Node and Ruby on Rails web apps.
At first I was going to build a cheap AMD system to set up a simple server, for a couple hundred bucks. Though after shopping, I feel better removing the upgraded parts I have used in my XPS, moving them into a new build, and use the stock XPS as my Linux server.
Like I said, I am new to building from the ground up, and have no experience overclocking - though I am very interested in learning
Approximate Purchase Date: within the next two/three weeks Budget Range: $500 - $600 before shipping System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Graphics and Video editing, Development Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg / Tiger Direct / Amazon Location: Highwood, IL 60040 Parts Preferences: Intel for future-proofing Overclocking: Yes / Maybe SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire! Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Nothing too particular, as this is my first custom build. The parts I am reusing from my XPS are:
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin
128GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD
(1) Gigabyte Radeon 6850 HD
I have about 1.5TBs of storage lying around in external enclosures, so I am not too worried about more storage, yet.
Is there anything missing from this set up? Would I do myself a great favor going for a better motherboard since I am interested in overclocking? Also, will this motherboard support two of my specific video cards? Would you, for any reason, tell me to stop what I am doing and go with a cheap AMD build for an enthusiast server?
buy a celeron for $50 bucks to put in the XPS... what kind of server will it be??
Nothing too crazy. Just a Ubuntu Linux server with LAMP, Ruby, and Node.js installed. Mostly for development purposes, learning the ropes of the server side in and out since I have been a front-end guy for the last five years. And maybe hosting my personal website, too.
Also, godaddy c&*$-blocked me on my SSH for my premium dedicated hosting. I needed to upgrade to a commercial plan to get root (sudo) on their servers. I would prefer to tell them to piss off and just point my domain to my little home server